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Bengals lose Andy Dalton to injury as everything goes wrong on 1 play

The Bengals vs. Browns game is getting worse that you’d think possible as Dalton is now injured.

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Update 2: As of Monday afternoon, Andy Dalton is still undergoing tests on his injured thumb, according to Marvin Lewis. It’s hard to imagine it’s ‘just’ a sprain if Dalton is still getting tests done over 24 hours after the injury happened.

Update: Early in the fourth quarter, the Bengals announced that starting quarterback Andy Dalton was out for the remainder of the game due to a right thumb injury.

After the game, head coach Marvin Lewis said the team doesn’t believe the injury is serious, but more testing is needed to determine how severe it is. According to Ian Rapoport, there is no break in his hand.

Dalton is expected to see a hand specialist on Monday, per Geoff Hobson.

However, Pro Football Talk is now reporting it’s ‘just’ a thumb sprain:

The Bengals are holding their breath after watching Andy Dalton go down with an injury against the Browns.

Early in the third quarter, Dalton suffered what appeared to be a hand injury after attempting to recover a high snap from Billy Price, which was ultimately recovered by the Browns. Dalton was examined on the sideline, and nearly immediately went with trainers to the locker room for further testing.

The team has since announced it’s a right thumb injury and he’s questionable to return. With Dalton out, backup Jeff Driskel is now the quarterback for likely the remainder of this game.

With the game already well out of hand, don’t expect Dalton to return, even if he is healthy enough. The Browns scored off the turnover and the score is now 35-7 with 12:56 remaining in the third quarter.

Dalton previously suffered a fractured right thumb late in during 2015 season, which ultimately ended his season, though it never required surgery. The Bengals were 10-2 at the time of the injury and went on to finish 12-4 before going on to do something we won’t mention further.

We will have more on this story if any more details come out...